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Pted for film in 1981 Since then she has published novels short stories essays and feature journalism In 1995 she published The First Stone a controversial account of a Melbourne University sexual harassment case Joe Cinue's Consolation 2004 was a non fiction study of two murder trials in Canberra In 2006 Helen Garner received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature Her most recent novel The Spare Room 2008 won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction the ueensland Premier's Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award and has been translated into many languages Helen Garner lives in Melbourn. Fuckyeah this book My jury experience years ago got rid of any misty eyed romanticism about the democracy of the jury or court system it is clear that this system of ours is a highly imperfect compromise This book is about the courts And it is so well done Neither schmaltzy nor hard nosed Intelligent honest and important I want to hear about these things in long form I want diverse observers in the courts bearing witness telling the story This is a good use of a writer s time and energy and she has done a good job

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This House of Grief

Anyone can see the place where the children died You take the Princes Highway past Geelong and keep going west in the direction of Colac Late in August 2006 soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Faruharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder I headed out that way on a Sunday morning across the great volcanic plain On the evening of 4 September 2005 Father's Day Robert Faruharson a separated husband was driving his three sons home to their mother Cindy when his car left the road and plunged into a dam The boys aged ten seven and two drowned Was this an act of revenge or a tragic. I am not a big true crime reader but this one has been getting some good reviews As with anything concerning the deaths of young children this one was heartbreaking Would a father just to get back at his ex wife actually stage an accident to murder his childrenRating a book such as this one is hard What am I rating the uality of the case Doesn t seem right somehow The only thing I can say is that this was clearly written easy to understand the trial and the evidence It was presented in as unemotional a way as is possible in such a case Not an enjoyable read but it was interesting seeing how the case was put together and the thoughts of the writer as she witnesses this case that had such a terrible outcomeARC from publisher

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Accident The court case became Helen Garner's obsession She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict In this utterly compelling book Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience all gathered for the purpose of bearing witness to the truth players in the extraordinary and unpredictable drama of the uest for justice This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and unputdownable book by one of Australia's most admired writers Helen Garner's first novel Monkey Grip won the 1978 National Book Council Award and was ada. This House of Grief by Helen Garner is a truly sorrowful book as one might imagine from the title In 2005 on Father s Day in Winchelsea Australia Robert Faruharson drove off the road into a dam He was able to exit the car safely but his three young sons drown Separated from his wife Cindy Gambino Faruharson had the children for the day and was on the way to returning them to their mother Purportedly suffering a syncopal episode caused by a coughing fit Faruharson lost consciousness and control of the car Garner writes of the Supreme Court of Victoria where Faruharson s trial takes place as a freelance journalist and curious citizen I had spent many days solitary and absorbed in the courtrooms of that nineteenth century pile in central Melbourne Garner follows the case keeping notes and witty observations of testimonies defense and prosecuting lawyers and body language of those involved uestions abound Did Faruharson plan to murder his children to get back at his wife who had gotten a new boyfriend Was this really a horrific accident caused by the rare condition of cough syncope The truth is hard to pin down and Garner will show this as the lawyers uestion witnesses Police evidence of tire prints trajectory whether there were steering inputs how the bodies of the children appear how Faruharson acted at the scene the things he did immediately after and following the incident his relationship with his wife his frame of mind in the weeks and months prior to the incident and conversations taped by the police between Faruharson and his wife and between Faruharson and a friend are all up for detailed inspection The chapter about whether a car door can be opened after a car goes into the water had me online googling how to exit a submerged car Someone Faruharson Or one of the boys had managed to unbuckle the youngest a 2 year old The other two boys had taken off their seatbelts The driver s side door is openGarner paints a picture of the uest for truth at times like a cast of actors participating in a theater play and at times the earnest effort of a court of law I love the cover picture of the three glasses of water one for each of the boys Garner writes As he did every day for the comfort of counsel the tipstaff set out along the bar table several tall clear plastic jugs of water The eye rested with relief on those evenly spaced columns of purity Getting to the truth isn t easy and sometimes it may be impossible An immersive experience to take in the courtroom drama as Garner presented it and a tantalizing puzzle of who did what and why it was also a heartbreaking study of the dynamics of a destroyed family It was interesting to me because an acuaintance of my son and daughter in law was murdered along with her three children by the husband father who then shot himself committing suicide I thought I might find some kind of answer in this book as to why something like that might happen Those uestions are probed but not answered fully not to my satisfaction at least and I admit that might be an impossible task Garner is a trustworthy and relatable observer Sometimes she cracks a little wry humor it s necessary Recommended


10 thoughts on “This House of Grief

  1. says:

    I wasn't even going to read this yet It was for later But once I picked it up that was thatThis is about a murder trial in

  2. says:

    I am not a big true crime reader but this one has been getting some good reviews As with anything concerning the deaths of young children this one was heartbreaking Would a father just to get back at his ex wife a

  3. says:

    There is nothing like sinking your teeth into a true crime Is thereBut in this case I honestly wish I were reading a crime o

  4. says:

    ‘This House of Grief’ by Helen Garner is a truly sorrowful book as one might imagine from the title In 2005 on Father’

  5. says:

    Disturbing Truth is often stranger than fiction Once there was a hard working bloke who lived in a small Victorian Country Town with his wife

  6. says:

    In 2005 an event occurred that horrified all Australians Robert Faruharson estranged from his wife was returning his three young sons Jai Tyler and Bailey to their mother after an access visit on Father’s Day when his ca

  7. says:

    Fuckyeah this book My jury experience years ago got rid of any misty eyed romanticism about the democracy of the jury or court system it is clear that this system of ours is a highly imperfect compromise This book is about the courts And it is so well done Neither schmaltzy nor hard nosed Intelligent honest and important I want to hear about these things in long form I want diverse observers in the courts bearing witness telling t

  8. says:

    Fabulous writer I’ll review this next week Can’t wait to see her in conversation at the end of the month What a book

  9. says:

    This House of Grief by Helen GarnerThis story reads like a work of fiction incredibleit makes me reflect on the absolute fragility of the human condition and how regardless of our culpability things can radically change in the blink of an eyefor better or for worseI find it uite disconcerting to even for a moment entertain the notion that in a flash moment of time life can so drastically alter its direction as to utterly and irrevocably c

  10. says:

    This is an incredibly moving and well written account of a murder trial which I found utterly gripping On a September evening in 2005 Robert Faruaharson was driving his three sons – Jai Tyler and Bailey – back home to his estranged wife His wife Cindy had admitted that she no longer loved him and that she wanted him to move out

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